Our Mission

Empowering young people on their weight management journey through themselves, their community, and society. 

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Our Vision

We envision young people who are empowered, active and confident in their healthy lifestyles and habits. We envision a community that is aware and supportive of these healthy endeavors. We envision a society that is empathetic and understanding towards the complexities of obesity and a world where the healthy choice isn’t necessarily the least accessible, most expensive, and most difficult decision. 

Executive Team


Faith Anne Heeren, BA

Founder & President

My name is Faith Anne Heeren and I am the President and Founder of OCEANS.  I am a third year Doctoral Student at the University of Florida in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics. My research interests include utilizing community-engaged research methods to develop and implement interventions that are acceptable and feasible for patients living with obesity. Soon, I will begin working on my dissertation, which will aim to identify pre-operative education needs for adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery.

If you are interested in reading more about my work as a graduate student, you can find my work here. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about OCEANS.


Aicha Kaouss

Vice President

My name is Aicha Kaouss and I am a senior at UNC Chapel Hill studying Biology. I enjoy playing lacrosse and going to the gym or on a run with friends, and my favorite healthy food is avacado toast! I believe that everyone has a unique story that makes them who they. So, I am passionate about working with an organization that provides an accepting environment for young people to share their experiences. As an aspiring healthcare professional, I am excited to work with OCEANS to educate against stigma and advocate for a community that is supportive of individuals' weight management journeys. 

As the Vice President, I work on various projects related to bettering Socials programming for the adolescents in the program.

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Reece Dawson, RD

Clinic Liaison

My name is Reece Dawson and I serve as the clinic liaison for Oceans Lifestyles. I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2022 and am now a Registered Dietitian. I have a passion for empowering others to achieve their goals. I got involved with OCEANS through an internship I completed, and knew instantly that the work of OCEANS could change lives. In my free time, I enjoy going to walks with dog and eating ice cream!  As the Clinic Liaison I primarily work on fostering the relationship between the clinics and our organization.